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works hc cannot bc wholly overthrown! And Musa faithfully follows this cliabolical advicc of Allah.

Ra ja Jomjömah (LIX).

Hikayat Kaja

story of Kl"S Skull, whose skull speaks to Jcsus, and who is Jömjön,al,; restorcd to a new and sanctified lifc by that prophet, exists in Achehnese m hikayat form. I have never scen a copy of it, but it may well be

assumed that its contents do not diflfer greatly from the Malay version of the story ').

From the Orientalische Bibliographie (VI: 2119 and VII: 1571) it appears that this legend is also to be found in the Persian and the Georgian. An Afghan version (,UoL* is mentioned in the

catalogues of the Fathui Kareem Press at Bombay.

Hikayat Tamlikha or Èclia tujóh (LX). Hikayat

The story of the seven sleepers is dealt vvith in the 18'" chapter of Tam,ikha'

the 011 ran. 1 he Moslim tradition calls one of them Jamticha = Jamlichus,

from which the Achehnese have formed Tamlikha.

The names of the other si.x are still more corrupted. The names of

these "seven saints" and that of their dog are regarded in Acheh as

ajctmafs or charms which avert all evil things and bring a blessing.

Besides the legend about the seven saints and their dog, this hikayat

furn.shes the story of the three devout men in the cave, which lias

been made up by the commentators 011 the Quran on the strength of

a text from the sacred book (cli. 18, verse 8). In addition to the alte-

ration of the names the Achehnese version presents two other notable peculiarities.

In the first place the story is put in the mouth of Ali, the son-inlaw of the Prophet, who tells it at the request of a Jew who lias just been converted to Islam, after the solution by Ali of a number of theological catch-questions which he lias propounded, and which Omar to lus shame lias proved unable to answer.

Secondly the "quarrel" spoken of in chapter 18 verse 20 of the Quran is explained as a war between a Mohammedan pnnce who desires to erect a mosque close by the cave where the seven saints repose, and

0 See Van den Berg's Verslag etc., Nos 106/,, ,09 and 161. It has eseaped that writer's not.ee that there .s also a copy of Kaja Jumjum" in N° 161 of the Batavian Colleetion.